ICYMI: Bennet Tours Peterson, Schriever Space Force Bases and Joint Commercial Operations at Catalyst Campus

Bennet’s Visit Follows Years-Long, Successful Effort to Keep Space Command in Colorado

Denver — In case you missed it, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet visited Peterson Space Force Base, Schriever Space Force Base in Colorado Springs last week after U.S. Space Command reached Full Operational Capability in December. During the tour, Bennet was briefed by U.S. military leaders on emerging threats in space, and how Colorado’s military installations are helping safeguard our national security. 

“Thanks to Colorado’s extensive national security assets and its robust aerospace economy, there’s no state better positioned to defend our country and assert U.S. leadership in space. I’m grateful to have visited with some of the men and women defending our country from new and emerging threats. Our state will continue to lead America in space for years to come,” said Bennet.

Bennet also toured the National Space Defense Center, as well as Joint Commercial Operations at the Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation in Colorado Springs. The Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation is a collaborative ecosystem where industry, small business, entrepreneurs, startups, government, academia, and investors intersect with Colorado’s aerospace and defense industry to create community, spark innovation, and stimulate business growth.

Following the previous administration’s 2021 decision to move Space Command from Colorado, Bennet repeatedly urged the Biden administration to consider the national security repercussions of moving the Command, including the disruption of new military capabilities and readiness, before allowing a permanent move to Alabama.  In July 2023, the U.S. Air Force announced its decision to permanently base Space Command at Peterson Space Force Base in Colorado Springs. In December 2023, Bennet welcomed the news that Space Command had reached Full Operational Capability, ready to defend U.S. assets in space in an era of rapidly emerging threats.